Author Archives: Rabbi Schindler

How do we respond to tragedy? by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Jun 15

With silence… There aren’t words to respond to someone with semi-automatic guns in hand murdering innocent souls en masse. With identification… As President Obama stated, “An attack on any American is an attack on all Americans.” People lost their sons and daughters, their brothers and sisters, their friends and colleagues. With outrage… Suspected terrorists are […]

What Being Rabbi Emerita Means to Me by Rabbi Judy Schindler

May 31

The hardest decision of my life was leaving the role of Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El.  With intense soul searching and with some tears, I made the decision that after eighteen years at Temple Beth El and after thirteen years as Senior Rabbi, I was ready for a new professional chapter.  I wanted to […]

Education is the most amazing gift by Rabbi Judith Schindler

May 19

A decade ago, Oprah stayed as a guest in President Nelson Mandela’s home in South Africa for more than a week. After days of reflecting on the ideal gift to get him as a token of her gratitude, she came up with the perfect present. So what do you get such a great man as […]

Words Whisper from the Grave by Rabbi Judith Schindler

May 04

Hearing the Words and Celebrating the Work of a Holocaust Hero The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of […]

Turn it and Turn It Again for Everything Is In It by Rabbis Asher Knight and Judy Schindler

Apr 26

Rabbi Asher Knight and Rabbi Judy Schindler were asked about the gifts and strengths of the congregation that Rabbi Schindler is proud to leave behind and upon which Rabbi Knight is excited to inherit and build upon.  Here are their reflections on the Torah of Temple Beth El: Rabbi Knight: It is customary for Jews […]

Going Back to Egypt by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Apr 25

[This homily was delivered at Charlotte’s Multi-faith Service Calling for the Repeal of HB2 on April 24, 2016 at Myers Park Baptist Church] We come together for a multi-faith service.   We all come from different faiths and some of us come from no formal religious faith at all.  I can understand.  Sometimes having faith is […]

Seeds of Change Sown in Charleston by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Mar 17

I was blessed to help lead a three day mission to explore Jewish Charleston with women leaders from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte. Here are my reflections on the journey: In the Charleston of the 17th century, Jews identified themselves as a “portion of the people.” But truth be told we were a “portion […]

Hebron: A City of Conflicting Narratives and Religious Passions By Rabbi Judy Schindler and Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Feb 29

Genesis describes the purchase of property by our father Abraham for the burial of our mother Sarah. The legendary cave of Machpelah, acquired through negotiation with the Hittites, became the site not only of Sarah’s grave, but also of the reconciliation of Isaac and Ishmael as they came together to bury Abraham here in Hebron. […]

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue – Lessons to Be Learned From Justice Scalia by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Feb 17

Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly on Saturday night. Within moments, a political debate began to rage around filling that most important vacancy and in whose Presidential hands the responsibility and privilege of a nomination lies. As negative political discourse currently disturbs our every day, we can learn some value lessons from the legacy Justice Scalia […]